3030 Gordon Avenue (Opened 2015)
Council provided and rezoned City-owned land at 3030 Gordon Avenue for an emergency shelter and transitional housing facility to serve the Tri-Cities. The City worked closely with RainCity Housing, the shelter operator; City Spaces Consulting; and DYS Architects to ensure the facility design and operation addressed issues of neighbourhood fit, safety and security. The facility opened in mid-December of 2015 and includes thirty emergency shelter beds and 30 transitional (short stay) housing units and associated support services are provided onsite. The building can also provide shelter space for an additional 30 individuals during periods of extreme weather alerts.
For more information, please contact RainCity Housing.
528 Como Lake Avenue (Opened 2012)
Council provided and rezoned City-owned land at 528 Como Lake Avenue for a supportive housing project for single mothers and their children who are at-risk of homelessness. With the City land, a capital grant of $7.3 million from the Province, a mortgage from BC Housing and $1 million raised by the YWCA, this project became a reality. The 30-unit facility opened on November 9, 2012 and is operated by the YWCA of Metro Vancouver. The women and their children at Como Lake Gardens have access to a wide range of integrated YWCA services that enable them to transition out of poverty and move closer to economic independence.
For more information and for rental applications, please contact YWCA Housing Communities.
1226 Johnson Street (completed 2020)
In July 2017, Council voted to grant $177,545 from the City’s Affordable Housing Reserve Fund towards 14 below-market (subsidized) rental units in a new 67-unit rental building for seniors in partnership with the Finnish Canadian Rest Home Association at 1226 Johnson Street.
For more information, please contact the Finnish Canadian Rest Home Association.
Talitha Koum Society
In July 2017, Council approved a $600,000 grant from the Affordable Housing Reserve Fund to the Talitha Koum Society to jointly purchase a home (which will then be leased back to Talitha Koum at no charge) to provide transitional housing to women with addictions and their children. The house opened in 2018 after renovations were completed.
For more information, please contact the Talitha Koum Society.
520 Como Lake Avenue (Opened 2017)
In July 2014, Council approved a rezoning and development permit at 520 Como Lake Avenue and density transfer from 528 Como Lake Avenue. The proposed development included a 26-storey market apartment building and a 3-storey, 7-unit, non-market family housing townhouse building. The non-market townhomes are managed by the adjoining YWCA facility at 528 Como Lake Avenue. In addition to the new non-market housing, the project includes a new indoor amenity space adjacent to the townhouses for the YWCA that is shared between the earlier units at 528 Como Lake Avenue and the new units.
For more information, please contact YWCA Metro Vancouver.